Henry Maier, the mayor of Milwaukee during the 1960's, was so inspired by his visit to the German beer festival Oktoberfest that he came back to Milwaukee determined to create a similar cultural event for his city.
And that's how Milwaukee Summerfest was born.
This year, Summerfest celebrates its 52nd annniversary at the Henry W. Meier Summerfest Grounds on the Milwaukee waterfront. Opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Summerfest shuts down on Monday, July 1, but reopens on July 2 and continues to the final night on Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Summerfest 2019 lineup
Watch for the big names bands and artists who will appear at this year's music fest to be announced beginning in April. All performances will take place at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Friday, July 5, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Summerfest 2019 ticket info
It's "come one, come all" -- with almost all musical acts accessed by buying a single admission ticket, available at the official Summerfest site and at Ticketmaster.
Ticket prices traditionally include a $14 weekday admission ticket or a $21 anytime general admission. Three-day passes are also available at $51, while the $80 "power pass" gains you a five-day pass.
Directions by car: From the west, take I-94 east and exit at 26th St. Follow St. Paul Ave. east to Water St. and follow the signs to area parking lots.
From the north, take I-43 south and exit at McKinley Blvd. Proceed south on 6th St. to Michigan St. Take Michigan St. east to Water St.and follow the signs.
From the south, follow I-94 north and exit at Lapham/Greenfield.
Go east to 1st St. and head north to follow the signs to Summerfest.
Public transportation: Park your car downtown and
catch one of the frequent shuttle buses that leave every half-hour to the North Gate and check out .https://www.ridemcts.com/ for more information.
The world's biggest music fest
Among other things, Summerfest is first and foremost a music festival
- one of the biggest in the world, in fact - a title officially bestowed upon Summerfest in 1999 by none other than the Guinness
Book of World Records.
Today, 11 different stages give almost 1 million annual festival goers ample opportunity to sample a wide variety of musical talent
ranging from small, local acts, on up to world renowned entertainers.
The local food and restaurant scene is also typically well represented, and attendees can browse shopping booths and participate in a
host of family-friendly activities -- including the spectacular annual "Big Bang" fireworks display at 9:30PM on opening night.
Shopping? You bet. Visitors can visit four marketplaces offering everything from clothing, jewelry, home accessories, artwork and more, incuding (of course) the Summerfest Store for official Summerfest T-shirts and other gear.
More about Milwaukee Summerfest around the Web:
Summerfest- Check out the official site with complete information about the concert lineup and online ticket purchase, maps & directions, live Webcam, photo gallery.